December 2012 saw the start of BRITTEN IN OXFORD (Artistic Director Nicholas Cleobury - www.britteninoxford.co.uk) with the world premiere of Britten’s Two Psalms with Nicholas Cleobury, the English Chamber Orchestra and Oxford Bach Choir, also including his rarely performed Ballad of Heroes. This festival celebrating Britten’s centenary continues throughout 2013, with the War Requiem in March (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), many other concerts, talks and masterclasses and three major projects (Writing for Voices, Wolfson Study Weekend and a Young Britten Weekend with the Southbank Sinfonia) culminating in the BIRTHDAY CONCERT in the Sheldonian on 22nd November with the English Chamber Orchestra.
Nicholas Cleobury conducted the Magic Flute and Mozart Concerts with Omaha Opera in February and March (www.operaomaha.org).
As Principal Conductor of JAM (www.jamconcert.org) he conducted the World Premiere of Paul Mealor's The Farthest Shore at the St David's Festival in May with the BBC Singers and members of the BBC NOW. This will repeat in July at the City of London Festival and in Hythe, Kent.
He joined Keith Warner at the National Opera Studio (www.nationaloperastudio.org.uk) in April and May for the Contemporary Scenes performances - operas by Blake, Dove, Sondheim and Tippett.
Other highlights include leading the North Highlands Connection Composition Course (with David Horne and Stuart McCrae) started so successfully last year (www.northhiglandsconnection.org) and returning to the Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts, USA, to conduct Britten’s Spring Symphony (www.choralfest.org).
As Principal Conductor of Mid Wales Opera he will lead a brilliant young cast in Britten’s Albert Herring, in a co-production with Opera Theatre Company, Dublin (www.opera.ie) opening in early September, touring Wales and England till November and Ireland in May 2014. Early 2014 he will conduct a new production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque at the RWCMD Cardiff and subsequent touring.
As well as further concerts with the RPO and Oxford Bach Choir, Nicholas Cleobury will continue his conducting, teaching and coaching commitments privately and at Benslow Music, Jette Parker (Royal Opera House) and Oxford University. Enquiries for teaching to